If the reaction to Peter Cushing’s post-mortem CGI cameo in Rogue One proved anything, it’s that not even Lucasfilm has mastered the art of creating a truly believable recreation of a real human performance. That’s one of the many reasons it wouldn’t have been feasible to digitally take 40 years off of Harrison Ford for a full-length feature film. But that didn’t stop one fan from trying to put the original Han Solo in a new edit of a trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
As you can see below, Nick Acosta assembled footage from Ford’s pre-Star Wars roles, including American Graffiti, The Conversation, and Love American Style. Then Acosta digitally replaced new Solo Alden Ehrenreich’s face with Ford’s likeness to create “True Solo.”
It’s an amusing idea, and Acosta clearly made a valiant attempt to bring his idea to life in this video. But putting Ford’s face on Ehrenreich’s body makes him seem less like Han Solo and more like Frankenstein’s monster. According to Acosta (via Entertainment Weekly), he also used still photographs of Ford’s face and animated them in the clips. That may be why this version of Solo seem so unsettling.
While some fans may have wished to see something like this in place of recasting Han Solo with another actor, it may have been unnecessary. The early word on Solo is that Ehrenreich eventually finds his inner Han. And no less than Ford himself has praised Ehrenreich’s performance in the film. Having said that, we’d be very curious to see Ford’s reaction to True Solo. And of course, to find out what you think of it, too?